Members of the 2011 UW iGEM team accepting the Grand Prize BioBrick. (Photo credit: David Appleyard)
UW iGEM Meetings: Winter 2012
All Meetings are Wednesdays at 5pm in T739 of the health sciences building.
Jan 25th: Intro to iGEM
Feb 1st: Last years students will present their iGEM project and presentation, followed by a Q and A session. In HSC T738, 5pm.
Feb 8th: iGEM advisors will present an overview of different synthetic biology topics, and highlight different iGEM projects that centered on that area.
Feb 15th: Students breakup into groups to identify 2 past iGEM projects from the iGEM wiki sites to present at the end of the quarter, in addition to a primary research article in the same field.
Feb 22nd: Week off to work on presentations!
Feb 29th: Student presentations part I – Students present 2 previous iGEM projects from the iGEM wiki site, and a primary research article from the field.
March 7th: Student presentations part II – Students present 2 previous iGEM projects from the iGEM wiki site, and a primary research article from the field.
(If you missed the first meeting or two, don’t worry, we’ll still take anyone willing and able up until summer quarter!)
International Genetically Engineering Machines (iGEM)
The International Genetically Engineered Machines competition (iGEM) is a Synthetic Biology competition for undergraduates.
Each summer, iGEM teams from universities around the world engineer new biological systems to create some of the most innovative solutions to the worlds most pressing needs. Using a library of standardized parts from the Registry of Standard Biological Parts, teams specify, design, build, and test their systems in living cells. In the fall the teams present the results of their research at the iGEM Jamboree to compete for prizes recognizing their achievements and the quality of their work.
The University of Washington has organized a team for the competition every year since 2008, along with universities from countries in North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. The team is comprised of undergraduates from UW and advised and mentored by PhD students and faculty. Each year the UW team has put up an incredible effort and undergraduates students from the humanities, arts, and sciences are all encouraged to join.
To learn more about the iGEM program at the University of Washington you can read a blog post about the 2010 UW iGEM team and use the links above to find out more about all the UW iGEM teams (click on the images above for each year). The UW iGEM team advisors and sponsors make this experience possible every year. Find more information about iGEM on this webpage and in the news.
The iGEM team is always looking for more talented students to join as researchers. There are no prerequisites, and some of our most successful researchers have had no prior experience, and many have been freshmen! If you’d like to join us please email
washingtonigem at .
We also invite alumni and and others to sponsor the team. Sponsoring the UW iGEM team can bring great visibility and positive attention to your organization or company, and we’ll work closely with you to make the partnership beneficial for all. To discuss possible sponsorships and terms, please e-mail
Finally, we’re looking for more advisers and host labs. If you’re a professor, graduate student, or post-doc interested in being a part of iGEM, please contact us. Working with iGEM is an incredible experience and had led to many research breakthroughs and publications. Email